"The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible."
-Toni Cade Bambarayou
WHAT'S THE SCOOP
We are a collaborative, cooperative collective of BIMPOC artists, activists, and creative change-makers.
Our musicians, designers, engineers, and performers brainstorm from all over the world to bring you truthful, raw, hype, real content. We don’t ask for permission, but rather self-produce and generate art from the ground up so we can own our space and step fully into our truths. We supply BIMPOC artists with the resources they need to make their beautiful, strong voices heard, and our in-house production team passionately uplifts ideas in all genres, including music videos, music, play readings, podcasts, web series, film, and digital content.
CATCH OUR DRIFT
We make art for our people, by our people. Co-Op Productions presents the honest, real version of the narrative that you’ve been missing.
It’s been a tumultuous time in our society. We’ve witnessed the outpouring of “Black Lives Matter” statements posted to social media, followed by empty promises and a lack of honest, real change, both in the arts industry and in our community at large. We’ve heard the passionate calls to “tear the system down”, and as much as we feel your pain, we’ve been thinking…
What if we created, instead of demolished? What if we built a new platform for our people, rather than spending more energy to fix a system that was never meant for us? At Co-Op, we know that the time to innovate, create, build, restore, and renew is now.
Our mission is to build a new artistic home for the next generation of BIMPOC creatives. Not only will this provide them with a community in which they can see themselves represented, but this foundation will also serve as their creative jumping-off point. We must pave the way so that young BIMPOC artists can pass the torch and light up the future.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
We are proud to foster a safe haven for those who have had to fight to be heard in the arts community. We produce work by — and provide support for — BIMPOC artists and social activists, and we open pivotal discussions with BIMPOC industry professionals in casting, producing, managing, directing, and more.
It’s our privilege and duty to bring the voices of BIMPOC communities to audiences around the world, and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. It is our goal and our hope that by featuring underrepresented stories, our audiences and artists alike will find themselves in our work.
At Co-Op, your story isn’t just tolerated, it’s welcomed. It’s included, it’s respected, and it’s a touchstone of inspiration and truth. Whether you’ve been searching in vain in the mainstream media for authentic representation, or if — like us — you’re just so damn proud of your heritage that you could burst, look no further.
We hear you, see you, and we got something for you.
To create digital content, music, film, and theater that reflects and uplifts BIMPOC voices using a grass-roots, artist-driven approach based in the building of a new creative platform from which future generations of BIMPOC artists can innovate and grow. Co-Op’s work is grounded in inclusion, artistic integrity, community service, and honest storytelling.
Let’s be clear — in this family, we believe:
Black lives matter
All gender identities are welcome
No human is illegal
Artists are essential
BIMPOC narratives are beautiful, strong, and necessary
OUR CORE VALUES
Our work is made for our people, by our people
Co-Op productions is our response to the lack of real response from the commercial artistic community in the face of discussions regarding inclusion and equality. BIMPOC artists are not a fad or a trend; we’ve been here as the backbone of “American” art, music, and theater and we’re reclaiming our voice by making space for BIMPOC creators to shine.
Transparency in the Process
We are open with all artists who work with us, and no question or idea is off-limits. We’re here to explore equity in film and onstage through collaborations that are authentic, honest, open, and flexible. To partner with us is to be heard, valued, credited, and inspired.
Storytelling as Service
Our reason and our purpose are our future: young, BIMPOC artists. We use our resources to produce work that not only connects to the people for whom it was created for, but is also explicitly in service to them. There is nothing more important to us than to give back to the very communities that we seek to amplify with truthful, accessible work from the heart.
Stand in Your Power
At Co-Op, we’re into you… the real you. We want you to bring your full self to our collab and unapologetically own your space. We’re not here to sugarcoat your truthful expression: art itself is messy, raw, real, and honest. We’re here to open minds, not force anyone into a neat, palatable box.
My connection to the arts has lasted my entire life, but that bond has always brought inequality and discrimination along with creativity and joy. As someone who’s grown up in New York City, I’ve felt the pang of disparity in the arts firsthand for as long as I can remember. Audiences praise Broadway shows as being “real New York theater”, but my experience of those stages is one of commercialism, racism, inequality, and exclusion. The arts are supposed to be the place where everyone feels welcome and every story is valued, but after years of feeling like “the outsider” in rehearsal and audition rooms, I knew I had to be the change I so desperately wanted to see.
I was moved to found Co-Op Productions as a creative home base for future generations of BIMPOC artists. I want to give them a space that celebrates them in all their glory and to provide a foundation from which they can be supported and blossom. No more being “grateful just to be in the room”; the time for unabashedly owning our voices onstage, on screen, and in all artistic content is here.